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  • Day73

    Ein regnerischer Erinnerungstag

    May 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Unser letzter Tag in New York war regnerisch, windig und kalt. Eigentlich wollten wir nur noch zum World Trade Center fahren und das Monument der Anschläge des 11. September 2001 besichtigen. Wo früher die Twin Towers standen, befinden sich nun zwei identische, quadratische Brunnen. Passenderweise sprudelt hier das Wasser nicht fröhlich in die Höhe, sondern wird scheinbar unendlich tief in den Boden gesogen. Am Rande des Brunnens stehen die Namen aller 2977 Opfer dieses Anschlags und 6 Opfer eines kleineren Bombenanschlags im Jahre 1993. Ob es am tristen Wetter lag oder an der bedrückenden Aura der Brunnen, wir fühlten uns einstimmig vom Museum angezogen.

    An der Seite des Gebäudes standen Ticket-Automaten. Scheinbar werden sie von Vielen übersehen, denn die Schlange am Eingang war sehr lang. Wir konnten mit unseren Tickets an der frierenden und nassen Warteschlange vorbeigehen und waren nach einer Sicherheitskontrolle schnell auf der Rolltreppe Richtung Untergrund. Den Audio-Guide gab es als App in vielen Sprachen. In den folgenden drei Stunden vergaßen wir sogar, dass wir nicht gefrühstückt hatten. Es war ergreifend und auf ein Neues erschütternd, die Ereignisse des Tages zu verfolgen. Das Museum war informativ und sachlich und behandelte viel mehr als nur den Einsturz der Tower. Einige Bilder, Video- oder Audioaufnahmen waren nichts für schwache Nerven...zum Beispiel echte Abschiedstelefonate von Passagieren aus dem letzten gekaperten Flugzeug, kurz bevor es von den Terroristen auf eine Wiese gestürzt wurde. Was bemerkenswert war: der Terror stand nicht im Vordergrund. Viel mehr wurde der Mut der Opfer und Helfer und der Zusammenhalt der Welt als Reaktion auf die schrecklichen Taten deutlich.

    Abends zündeten Phillip und ich nachdenklich unsere Hochzeitskerzen an. Kaum zu glauben, dass wir vor genau einem Jahr im strahlenden Sonnenschein den glücklichsten Tag unseres Lebens feierten. Diese Diskrepanz machte es sehr deutlich, dass das Blatt sich in einem Wimpernschlag wenden kann und wir jeden Tag wie unseren letzten lieben und leben müssen.
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  • Day111

    New York Day 2

    February 25 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Das Wetter war heute ausnahmsweise mal nicht ganz so wie bestellt, aber davon ließen wir uns den Sightseeing-Tag keinesfalls vermiesen. 🌧☂️🙃
    So schlenderten wir vorbei am Vessel (Treppenskulptur), über die geniale High Line (ehemalige Bahnstrecke) zum Chelsea Market (Art&Food in einer ehemaliger Oreo-Fabrik).
    Durch das spektakuläre Oculus-Einkaufszentrum gelangten wir zum 9/11 Memorial und dem darunter erbauten Tribute Museum. Dieses ist wirklich sehr beeindruckend und stimmte uns klarerweise sehr nachdenklich. 😔
    Vorbei an der Wall Street ging es dann Richtung Brooklyn Bridge, wo Andrea ein paar Runden auf einem Rooftop-Eislaufplatz drehte. ⛸ Sie testete auch wie widerstandsfähig das Eis ist, indem sie sich mit voller Wucht darauf stürzte - aber keine Angst, dem Eis ist nix passiert! 💥🙄🤷🏼‍♀️

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  • Day26

    High Line und 9/11 Memorial

    August 9, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Die High Line ist eine ehemalige Bahnstrecke, die zu einer begrünten Spaziermeile umgestaltet wurde. Hier spaziere ich den Morgen über entlang, esse leckeres Cookie-Eis-Sandwich und bestaune das begehbare Kunstwerk "Vessel" kurz vor dem Ende der High Line. Danach mache ich mich auf den Weg zum 9/11 Memorial, an dem jetzt zwei große tiefe Pools markieren, wo einst die beiden Türme des World Trade Centre standen. Es ist schon gespenstisch, sich vorzustellen was hier vor knapp 18 Jahren los gewesen sein muss... in das dazugehörige Museum schaffe ich es nicht, da ich zum einen mächtig Hunger habe und zum anderen die Schlange am Eingang ewig lang ist. Also suche ich mir ein leckeres Restaurant, esse japanische Ramen und ziehe dann weiter...Read more

  • Day2

    Ground Zero

    December 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Am Ausgang des 9/11 Memorial Museums sind die Brunnen des Ground Zeros. Die Brunnen symbolisieren die Grundrisse des damaligen World Trade Centers. Eine Gedenkstätte für alle verstorbenen dieses grauenvolles Tages.Read more

  • Day12

    9/11

    May 10, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Visiting the 9/11 Memorial was up next which involved another trip on the subway which we seemed to have mastered - only a short distance but still, we got on the right line!!
    A beautiful memorial, very peaceful and quiet place. The museum is fantastic and a must visit! You could actually spend all day in there - I think we spent about 3 hoursRead more

  • Day1362

    USA Tour - New York

    December 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    I took the subway with Ted today into New York from Brooklyn as I wasn’t sure where to go, he suggested getting off with him by the Chrysler Building as I can work my way downtown from there. He then took me to Grand Central Station - it was insane and much bigger than I expected but from the outside it looks small. It was cool being in such an iconic place but people where just going about their day. There was also 2 markets in there which I didn’t expect to see at all so that was a nice added surprise!

    After I left Ted I walked across town then to the Rockefeller centre - I had to go do ‘top of the rock’ it’s something I’d always wanted to do and it didn’t disappoint! But before I went up I walked around the nbc studios and all the stores inside which was quite Novel. I bought my ticket for top of the rock and I had an hour to kill so I did what anyone else would do.... I went for a bevvy. Found a place called Sean’s which was just around the corner and I had one of their own brews which wasn’t bad - although what they call a pilsner and what I think A pilsner is are completely different!

    After my drink I make my way back to the Rockefeller centre to go up to the observation deck - UN FUCKING REAL! Manhattan looks amazing from up here (it helped that it was such a clear day) I had perfect views over Central Park and downtown Manhattan. It was worth the $40 to go up. I’d pay it again in a heartbeat. Probably my second favourite thing I did in NYC after seeing the Rockefeller tree!

    My dad told me I had to send him a photo of the Flatiron Building so I had to trek to there from the Rockefeller centre - I could of just got the subway but I do prefer to walk! I actually liked the flatiron district it was a lot less hassle and much quieter than anywhere else in NYC, some of the architecture was quite cool too!

    I made my way to Wall Street after visiting the flatiron district as it wasn’t too far away - literally fuck all there but I suppose I can say I’ve seen it.

    I visited the WTC memorial after Wall Street. It was really sad but I think they’ve done an amazing job with the memorial and the waterfalls are a nice touch to the whole thing. The new trade centre is an awesome building right next to the old site which pierces the sky.

    I visited Staten Island after here but my phone died so I couldn’t take any photos Hahahahaha. Managed to find my way back to Brooklyn after walking the entire length and breadth of the city
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  • Day18

    NYC #6 Ground Zero

    October 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    The contrast between visitors at 9/11 memorial was pretty wide. There were the happy holidayers, smiling and taking selfies like they’re at Disneyland and then there where those who searched for names with tears in their eyes.
    Amongst all the names of those killed you would come across ones like “Jane Doe and her unborn child” and every now and then a name would be accompanied with a white rose, these are placed there on the persons birthday.

    The reasons Al Qaeda hit the World Trade Centre are complex but one of them is that they were in the financial district of New York. Not too far away is Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange.
    Since 9/11 the US has been in a constant National State of Emergency, this is why security is so intense and probably the most severe we have seen is around the stock exchange building.
    As an individual you can’t get anywhere near it and if you tried in a vehicle the barriers they have erected would stop a tank. The police presence is huge as we said earlier because you see it everywhere.

    We’ve no idea what the memorial is supposed to mean, it looks gloomy with water falling into an abyss so we don’t think this helps the people who come to remember the ones they lost.
    We prefer the version where they projected lasers to the scale of the original towers into the sky.
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  • Day20

    NYC #9 Fairwell & Adieu NYC

    October 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Just had our last day of dodging dog walkers, red light runners, pan handlers, hustlers trying to sell you tickets to tourist attractions or sell you the actual attraction itself, though I did considered a pretty good offer on buying The Empire State Building, a real bargain for what they were asking.

    We missed our loonies today, there weren’t too many around, maybe because we didn’t ride the subway.
    I think they like it down there, the roar of the trains in the tunnels seem to set them off. They can yell inanities at the top of their voices and it doesn’t seem too out of place.

    The days of visiting the really famous tourist spots are over if you struggle with crowds.
    We tried lining up for a few of them then gave up and were all the better for it otherwise the only experience you remember is just how jostled you were.
    With the famous ones that you definitely have to see like the Statue of Liberty you just need to avoid the busy periods, earlier is good, it seems the world is full of lazy bastards who want to have a lie in.
    We know how they feel, it was hard for us to get up too but worth it because as we were leaving the crowds coming in were insane.

    What we mainly did instead was walk the city, catch the ferries and ride the subway with some sort of plan, usually this was disbanded because of all the other neat stuff we stumbled into.
    Today’s unintended discoveries were, A guy dragged a piano into Washington Square, his playing was brilliant. A guy dragged a trombone into Washington Square, well maybe he just carried it in but his playing was brilliant too.
    Finding off chance things like this as well as walking the Hudson River Park along the western shore of Manhattan, that was a good one, scenery fantastic, running into weird stuff 10 out of 10.
    The experiences go on and on but to save you from any boredom these few descriptions will do for now.
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